Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre will organise programmes throughout the year across the city as part of its silver jubilee.
The centre, which was started in 1986, plans to reach out to youngsters in the city by organising awareness programmes in schools and colleges. The programmes would focus on how stress could lead to suicide, clinical depression and the need to talk to someone to overcome suicidal tendencies.
Besides several schools, students of nearly 25 colleges would be addressed through such programmes. Sneha plans to reach out to about 600 students in each of the college. The silver jubilee projects would culminate with an international conference to be conducted in January next year, said its founder Lakshmi Vijayakumar.
The centre’s director Shanti said the number of phone calls and e-mails to its helpline seeking emotional support are on the rise owing to increasing awareness. The centre received about 450 calls last month as compared to 400 in the corresponding period last year. The e-mails have also doubled.
Most of the callers are in the 25 and 35 age group. Of late, the helpline also receives calls from Indians living abroad.
“But, we have only 50 volunteers now. We need more people to carry out the projects as the number of persons seeking our support is steadily increasing,” she said.
More projects to create awareness are being discussed. The telephone numbers of the Centre are 24640050 or 24640060.